How to Turn Envy Into Motivation

Every once in awhile I come across authors who are extraordinary. Their work operates in Technicolor, while my is doomed to malaise and grays. It makes me want to give up. To hang my hat up and let the masters do their work. … More How to Turn Envy Into Motivation

Acts of Bravery Guest Post: On Sorrow

Thirteen years ago my father took his life. He walked outside after leaving a choked up message on my mom’s cell telling her not to enter the garage and hung himself. She and my sister were an hour away at the family beach house, and I was in New Mexico, journaling about one of the most vivid dreams I ever had. … More Acts of Bravery Guest Post: On Sorrow

Self-Caring Your Way Out of the Pit of Despair: Weekend Get-Away

I keep trying to make myself finish the blog that’s supposed to post today. I don’t wanna. I don’t wanna think about the content (getting out of my rut), I just want to enjoy the romantic get-away with my husband in Moss Beach. Talk about self-care, right? So that’s what I’m doing. I’m enjoying! Breaking … More Self-Caring Your Way Out of the Pit of Despair: Weekend Get-Away

Ask an Author: C. S. Lakin

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, being a published author is my dream job. Ten years ago, when I first started writing, authors were my rock stars. Now, I still squee on the inside, but I’m way better at taming my idol worship into a poker face. I’ve also met a few. Turns out, they’re a lot like you and me. At the beginning of my brave year, I noodled the idea of a six-week series interviewing authors. Fun, right? The rest is history. And today, I’m interviewing C. S. Lakin. … More Ask an Author: C. S. Lakin

Thankfulness in the Midst of Loss and Easter

Until three years ago, I couldn’t understand why people hated the holidays. I got it in theory. No family, bad memories, loss, loss, loss. Of course it sucked for those people, but I still had my family and life was lovely.

Now I get it.

But can I tell you how tired I am of the sting of loss during what should be happy times? … More Thankfulness in the Midst of Loss and Easter

Ask an Author: Dennis Ricci

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, being a published author is my dream job. Ten years ago, when I first started writing, authors were my rock stars. Now, I still squee on the inside, but I’m way better at taming my idol worship into a poker face. I’ve also met a few. Turns out, they’re a lot like you and me. At the beginning of my brave year, I noodled the idea of a six-week series interviewing authors. Fun, right? The rest is history. And today, I’m interviewing Dennis Ricci. … More Ask an Author: Dennis Ricci

Ask an Author with Jeff Gerke

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, being a published author is my dream job. Ten years ago, when I first started writing, authors were my rock stars. Now, I still squee on the inside, but I’m way better at taming my idol worship into a poker face. I’ve also met a few. Turns out, they’re a lot like you and me. At the beginning of my brave year, I noodled the idea of a six-week series interviewing authors. Fun, right? The rest is history. And today, I’m interviewing Jeff Gerke. … More Ask an Author with Jeff Gerke

Self-Caring Your Way Out of the Pit of Despair: Step #2 Body, Mind, Spirit

I’m disconnected from my body.

Settle down. I’m not practicing astro travel or having out-of-body experiences. I’ve just disconnected, disassociated. I don’t listen to its basic needs. I don’t rest it. I don’t feed it right. I push it to exhaustion, then drink caffeine to get more done. I stress it out. And I work it too much.

Then, I get mad at it when it gets sick. … More Self-Caring Your Way Out of the Pit of Despair: Step #2 Body, Mind, Spirit

Acts of Bravery Guest Post: Sharing Your Faith Even When It’s the Size of a Mustard Seed

Meet Markita!

Markita makes life more fun. She really is the life of the party. Case and point? Just ask her, she’ll make a dance video for a song of your choice on your birthday (I’d post one, but I swore to keep them off social media. Alas, for you.). If she loves you—which she will, because Markita loves everyone—she will cheerleader you until her dying breath. I mean, she starts her post with a quote from my book. (So many pom-poms!) Love you, friend! … More Acts of Bravery Guest Post: Sharing Your Faith Even When It’s the Size of a Mustard Seed

Self-Caring Your Way Out of the Pit of Despair: Step #1 Taking Your Power Back

You know all those “shoulds” in life? The ones constantly pulling at you? You should eat healthy. You should exercise. You should clean the house. You should volunteer more at the kids’ school. You should make more time for your friends. You should fix that relationship. You should do (fill in the blank) to make so-and-so happy. Shoulding gives away power. … More Self-Caring Your Way Out of the Pit of Despair: Step #1 Taking Your Power Back